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April 11, 2013   |   4 Minutes, 18 Seconds

Leerburg Q&A
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Question: I've had a few high drive GSDs, great dogs but they can't seem to relax in the house. I was never able to find the "off" switch. Do you have a DVD about this?


I have had a few high drive GSD. Great dogs, except when we are in the home relaxing. I am relaxing but the dog is pacing and whining. He never seems to be able to turn it off. I was not able to ever find his "off" switch. Can you help me with some ideas or make a DVD on how to turn your dog off when you are not working? Think there is a need for us novice dogsters.


Cindy's Response:

We teach this to our dogs from the very first day of training. We use several words to let dogs know what we are doing.  

"Ready?" means it's time to train.
"Good" means keep on doing what you are doing.
"Yes" means you are free to break position to access your reward.
"Done" means training is over.

We never play or train in the house. Dogs can be conditioned to always be ON in the presence of the handler if they aren't clear on the rules of training and play. The beginning steps to the training is  covered in the video The Power of Training with Food.

Here's a free video clip that may interest you called "My High Drive Dog will Never Settle and Be Calm, What Can I Do?"

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Training with Food.

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